Attorney, Abramson, Brown & Dugan
Family: Parents, Mark and Gillian Abramson; sister, Emily Abramson; nephew, Brady Eaton; partner, Klaudia; and step-dog, Max.
High school: Trinity High School, Manchester
College/post grad degrees: B.A. from Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.; J.D. from Duke University School of Law, Durham, N.C.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
As a young lawyer, my father, also a lawyer, told me: “You’re either an honest lawyer, or you’re not, and once you cross that line, you can never go back.” I think my friends and family are getting tired of me giving this answer – but it has stuck with me all these years.
Why did you choose your profession?
I’ve been told (though I’m not sure this has been confirmed) that I can be naturally argumentative (unfortunately for my partner, Klaudia), and as a former athlete, was drawn to the competitive nature of litigation. I also had incredible role models in my parents, both of whom are highly respected New Hampshire attorneys. As an attorney at Abramson, Brown & Dugan, I feel lucky to work alongside such talented colleagues, both attorneys and support staff, representing clients who have been terribly harmed and who have nowhere else to turn. It is incredibly rewarding work, and is a natural progression for me after representing the rights and interests of victims of child sex crimes and human trafficking offenses as a federal prosecutor.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
New Hampshire is a unique and special state. It was a wonderful place to grow up, and remains a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I hope that my small efforts, formerly as a criminal prosecutor, and now as a volunteer, can continue to keep it that way for my own future children.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Sleep in a little; you’ve got a lifetime of hard work ahead.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
More varied entry-level job opportunities, and more available, affordable and attractive living space in urban areas like Manchester, Nashua and Salem.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Hopefully juggling the craziness of work, family, and continuing to give back to the community. And wondering whether the Union Leader will initiate a new “50 under 50.”
Volunteer activities: I currently devote most of my volunteer time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Granite State Children’s Alliance, which operates four of the state’s Child Advocacy Centers (CACs), and is dedicated to serving the needs of New Hampshire’s child abuse victims. I cannot say enough positive things about the GSCA, and I would highly encourage anyone with an interest in safeguarding and protecting children to find out more about this incredible group. I also devote time as an Executive Committee member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, which is dedicated to promoting and supporting programs which provide free and reduced-cost legal services in New Hampshire to those in need.
Last major achievement: In September 2018, I was named the recipient of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Robert E. Kirby Award, which is given to a young lawyer, 35 and under, “of great skill, civility, and good humor.” Prior recipients of the award, which is given to one New Hampshire attorney per year, include former Chief Judge Joseph Laplante, of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire; former United States Attorney John Kacavas; former United States Senator from the State of New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte; Judge Mark Howard, of the New Hampshire Superior Court; and Judge John Pendleton, of the New Hampshire Superior Court, among others.